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and a team of medical experts is monitoring safety. the experts say it appears there is still more danger from contracting the virus than from getting the vaccine. t.j. winick has the details. >> reporter: 53-year-old dana fortune was a nurse in a newborn intensive care unit at an evansville, indiana, hospital. she died at that very hospital last friday from pneumonia and possibly complications from the h1n1 flu. >> she was due to get a vaccination, i believe on saturday. but they ran out before she could get hers. >> reporter: as pharmaceutical companies rush to produce more vaccine, health officials have discovered that a single dose of the swine flu vaccine works well for most pregnant women. >> the data show that nearly all the pregnant women who received a single 15 micro gram dose had a robust immune response that is likely predictive of protection. >> reporter: while the centers for disease control and prevention recommend add single
dose for pregnant women and healthy adults officials believe younger chin need two doses. independent health advisers began monitoring the safety of the vaccine, looking for any side effects. >> the vast majority of the reports have been minor side effects. >> reporter: according to a recent abc news/"washington post" poll, almost 40% of parents said they won't vaccinate their children. 30% of americans believe the vaccine isn't safe. >> i think if there was a common side effect we would know about it right now. >> reporter: considering to the cdc, since last spring 100 pregnant women have been hospitalized in intensive care units in the u.s. due to the swine flu. 28 have tied. t.j. winick, abc news, washington. flying for the holidays this year will probably cost you more. domestic airlines are doubling surcharges from $10 to $20 now each way on a dozen peak travel days around thanksgiving, christmas, and new year's. us airways started the trend. now all the major carriers have followed suit.
a spokesman for american airlines says it is simply a matter of supply and demand. >> not the news anyone wants to hear during the holidays. here's a look at your tuesday forecast. showers in the northern plains and upper midwest with a mix of rain and show in minnesota, wisconsin, and michigan. a wintry mix also for upstate new york and new england and rivers are still rising from louisiana to missouri. >> 50s for much of the northeast today. 40s from fargo to detroit. 51 for indianapolis. phoenix still up there in the 90s. 94 today. albuquerque 68. colorado springs 62. 54 for seattle today. 55 up in billings, montana. >> certainly felt like the game everyone around here was watching. the philadelphia phillies are still alive in the world series. >> they are holding on. last night, game five against the yankees. the offensive hero was the phils' chase utley again. he homered twice in philly's 8-6 win. they were utley's fourth and fifth homers of the cerise. he is on fire.
that ties a world series record set in '77 by former yankee reggie jackson. >> phillies still trail in this series 3-2 games. and of course, game six is tomorrow night right here in new york. >> i think yankees fans were getting so excited because they were on such a roll, they thought, this thing's over tonight. i know peter grimm practically had the champagne uncorked. >> it looked like a-rod was up to bat before that last out came. i think everyone was thinking, here we go. >> pete, where's the hatton night? >> it's here. >> he's going to wait to put it on until tomorrow. tonight. later. >> tomorrow night. >> today. we get confused. >> yeah. we'll be right back. >> we'll figure it out. [ female announcer ] new swiffer wet mopping cloths clean so deep... it's like your old mop's worst nightmare. ♪ [ thunder crashes ] [ man ] love stinks. ♪ love stinks!
leader of a church in phoenix has been convicted of. because of his church bells. dan harris has details. ♪ >> reporter: this fight which pits religious freedom against the freedom to be comfortable in one's own home started in march of 2008 on palm sunday. ♪ >> reporter: the cathedral of christ the king, which had just opened in its new location in phoenix, started playing a recording of church bells. every half hour, every day. morning to night. >> to me, it's one of the ways we express praise and worship to god. >> reporter: to neighbors, it was a rude shock. >> i didn't know where it came from. i mean, all of a sudden 6:00 a.m. -- >> it was loud enough to wake you up through these windows? >> dual-pane windows. >> reporter: after calling the cops they had a heated meeting with bishop rick painter who offered to reduce the ringing to
once an hour. >> there is a biblical injunction to love thy neighbor. >> right. >> reporter: should you not have offered perhaps an even greater compromise? >> such as? >> reporter: let's only ring the bells on sunday? >> see, god's not just god on sunday. >> reporter: what is wrong with celebrating god? >> celebrate. they can celebrate anything they want to. just don't make us celebrate god. >> we celebrate god. we don't disturb our neighbors doing it. >> i can't imagine god in heaven would look down on that and say, that's a good thing to do to your neighbors. >> reporter: the case landed in court where the judge sided with the neighbors. she ordered the bells silenced except for sundays. for the first time anyone can remember, a religious leader was convicted of disturbing the peace. a misdemeanor. for ringing church bells. were you surprised that you were convicted of a crime here? >> i was surprised i was charged with a crime. and now i'm a criminal.
>> reporter: bishop painter is now not only appealing his criminal conviction, he's also suing the city of phoenix in federal court, arguing that the noise ordinance here unconstitutionally stifles his church's right to religious expression. for now, the bells sit silent. while the neighbors are content, bishop painter is praying for a change. if you win your case you stand ready to turn those bells back on? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: you're fully planning to do so? >> yes. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, phoenix. >> makes you wonder, how loud are these bells really? our phoenix station knxv did some testing, took decibel level recorders out to check the bells, they found the levels were lower than the noise from traffic in the area. >> they went so far as to say several times the noise was so low it didn't register on the device they were testing the bells out on. >> hm. >> it changes the scope of the argument. >> are the neighbors too uptight about this? who knows.
>> maybe they were out and about. >> 6:00 a.m. is early, though. stretching, breathing and pedestriantation. many grown-ups insist yoga does the body good. many grown-ups insist yoga does the body good. >> now appears to be benefic vo: in the event of a car crash, three t of four kids are not asece as they shoulde bec their seats are not usedorrectly. buthe latch sysm mes it easier get rig and to hold your kids tight.
anchortether. latch. learnore safercar.gov. i do know what a downward facing dog is but i do not do yoga. and i know you don't either, right? >> i've done it a couple of times. it's not my favorite. stephanie sy did an interesting interview. she met some children getting more from yoga than they ever thought possible. >> and inhale. >> reporter: anja and mckenzie
both have their favorite yoga poses. for anja it's the lion. for mckenzie, the warrior. >> exhale, bend. >> reporter: both girls are using the 5,000-year-old practice to help fight their battles. >> the whole world has changed. one day she was this healthy kid, never sick. next day she had -- >> reporter: it was while receiving chemotherapy at medical center in new york city 9-year-old anja started working with a yoga therapist. >> she's dealing with things better. she's tolerating things more better than the beginning. sglins introducing yoga to child cancer patients doctors here have reported significant relief in pain and anxiety. >> your arms and your legs -- >> we found on average children drop their pain score by about one point. which may not seem like a lot but it as clinically significant difference. we use validated anxiety scales and their average decrease in
scale is about ten points which is a clinically significant drop. >> reporter: for this young yogi it's one of the few opportunities she has during treatment to feel strong and active. >> i think it's good to do yoga. because you can stretch out your back and stuff. feel relaxed. >> reporter: while of researchers believe yoga has benefits, alongside traditional medical treatments, studies have primarily relied on patients' positive experiences. what is known is that yoga helps the brain regulate the release of the so-called stress hormone cortisol. no one knows exactly why yoga works. the practice is a combination of controlled breathing, meditation, and holding postures. without understanding the precise mechanism, doctors have observed that yoga can specifically help children with attention disorders. >> the main thing that we found is that the children tend to have more sense of calmness and increased ability to focus after doing the yoga.
>> let's take that one more time. inhale. >> reporter: 14-year-old mckenzie was diagnosed with adhd when she was 6. finding a way to help focus her mind has been a challenge. >> she would be considered spacey. when we would read stories, whether it be at home or in school, i was being told that she couldn't focus on the teacher reading or the questions being asked. >> after i'd done yoga i started getting better grades. and i've been paying attention more. and i got more sleep. >> inhale. >> to me, every time i breathe out i'm just breathing out some stress. when i breathe in, i'm just taking in more relief and more relaxation. >> reporter: mckenzie says it helps her release pent-up energy. while anja seems to gain power from the poses. even after tiring chemo treatments. when doing yoga, she can still roar. stephanie sy, abc news, new york.
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"world news now" delivers your morning papers. >> all right. time for your "morning papers." this morning everyone is really buzzing about the world series. >> oh, yeah. oh, yeah. >> they are buzzing. >> willis is mad about it, right? >> yes, i am! >> you wanted it to be done. i want another game. i like watching. >> you got your wish. >> well, in philadelphia they had some explaining to do. after a sort of preemptive ad run in the "philadelphia inquirer." take a look at this ad. this was actually not even done yesterday. it was done on monday. and they posted an ad.
you can see it right there. congratulating the philadelphia phillies on winning back to back world series titles. you have to wonder how this happened. on monday it was a 3-1 verses a 3-2 position they're on right now. it was a three-quarter page ad. macy's was on the back. in addition to saying congratulations phillies, back to back champs, there was the commissioner's trophy and the phillies' logo. so they had to release a message saying, we deeply regret the error. >> that's really stupid. >> wishful thinking. >> like the sport's world's answer to dewy defeats truman. do not go to press until the results are in. so here's a bargain for you. a three-night hotel stay where you can watch the sun rise 15 times a day. >> oh! >> and be treated to rare beauty unseen by most humans. it is in outer space too, by the way. so they're going to open the galactic suite space resort in 2012. they say they are still on pace to open this thing in 2012. you can see what the poerlgts look like right there.
those are the pods coming off that. that's the hotel room, essentially. each one can hold four guests. it will travel 280 miles above earth. it will go 18,000 miles an hour circling the globe every 80 minutes. you might be thinking, who on earth is going to pay $4.4 million for a three-night stay? apparently there is demand for this, despite the bad economy. reuters is saying more than 200 people have inquired about the space hotel, and at least 43 people have already made reservations. >> $4.4 million? >> for a three-night stay. that does include an eight-week training course on a tropical island before the flight. so you do get to go to a tropical island for eight weeks to train. >> that's pretty cool, though. fy had $4 million. >> you know, i'm sure the price will go down over the course of the next few centuries. >> last but not least, i know you've been following who has the title for the guinness book of world records largest meat ball. >> who does? >> the title has just changed. jimmy kimmel had it.
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to children under the age of 4. as always, if you have questions, talk to your doctor. to learn more, visit otcsafety.org, because as parents, we're in charge of our kids' health. democrats' drama. it's election day across the country. can republicans gain political ground? then, scientific search. public health experts dig deep looking for side effects in the swine flu vaccine. and, strange stage. the unusual musical that celebrates a superhighway's anniversary. ♪ they said it wasn't safe but it was thrilling ♪ >> it's tuesday, november 3rd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> they've got too much time on their hands over there. in the uk, across the pond,
they're celebrating the birthday of a highway. >> on this show we pretty much use any excuse to get a cake out here. >> well, yeah. >> i'll celebrate the highway for a cake. >> next time a highway has a milestone we'll remember that. good morning on this tuesday. i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. what a difference a year makes. 2008 swept democrats to office coast to coast on the coate tails of barack obama. >> today voters will decide mostly local races with much less fanfare. in a handful of them the republicans are looking for a comeback. linsey davis reports. >> reporter: many political heavyweights are weighing in on a race that will do very little to shift the power balance in washington. new york's 23rd congressional district contest is a local race with national implications. >> it is a bit of a civil war inside the republican party and you are seeing the conservatives winning out over the more moderate wing of that party. >> reporter: over the weekend the official republican candidate in upstate new york's
house race dede scozzafava withdrew and called on her supporters to back the democrat, bill owens, instead of the conservative candidate, doug hoffman. the vice president made an appeal for moderate republicans to vote democratic. >> decent-thinking folks who are pragmatic republicans, join us. we welcome you. >> you can have them, joe. you can have every damn republican moderate there is. >> reporter: if republicans win in upstate new york, new jersey, and the swing state of virginia, some see it as a rejection of president barack obama's first months in power. the white house disagrees. >> i don't think that these elections will portend a lot for what happens in 2010. >> reporter: the democrats' best hope for success is new jersey. president obama drew thousands to rallies for incumbent governor jon corzine, who's in a dead heat with republican challenger chris christie. >> it wasn't a consequence of obama policies or corzine policies that we went into this hole. >> in the virginia governor's race the white house maintains
it would not be a reflection on the president's popularity if the democrat loses. linsey davis, abc news, new york. the national battle over gay marriage moves to the small state of maine today. voters will weigh in on a referendum of same-sex unions. gay marriage has lost in every state in which it has been put to popular vote. supporters hope this time it will be different. advocates on both sides of the issue have spent millions to influence voters in maine. >> and of course another closely watched election was the one for president of afghanistan. hamid karzai fresh from yesterday's victory today promised his country his government will be inclusive. >> karzai's re-election has major implications for the u.s. war strategy in afghanistan. john hendren reports from washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. the afghan presidency was supposed to be decided in a runoff this weekend. but this morning, incumbent president hamid karzai's grip on the presidency is secure. afghan president hamid karzai
has been on an election roller coaster. declared the winner, then declared illegitimate due to widespread fraud, and now the winner once again. we declare mr. karzai the elected president of afghanistan, the head of the election commission said. the november 7th runoff was canceled after karzai's opponent dropped out, leaving karzai with no rival. and earning him the immediate recognition of united nations secretary-general ban ki-moon, the european union, and president obama. >> although the process was messy, i'm pleased to say that the final outcome was determined in accordance with afghan law. >> reporter: that marks a reversal for the president. a point not lost on dr. abdullah, karzai's rival, who said a runoff would not have eliminated the possibility of bogus votes. >> the main reason behind it was that there was no change in the fraud machinery. >> reporter: president obama said he urged karzai to use his victory to move the country forward. >> i emphasize that this has to be a point in time in which we
begin to write a new chapter. based on improved governance. >> reporter: mr. obama declined to say whether the end of the election dispute would speed his decision on whether to send tens of thousands of new troops to the afghan front. the world may be ready to recognize hamid karzai as the leader of afghanistan. the question now is whether afghans will accept him. jeremy and vinita? >> john hendren reporting from washington. secretary of state hillary clinton is taking a tough tone toward iran about a possible nuclear deal. speaking during a news conference in morocco clinton said the offer to exchange iran's low-enriched uranium would not be changed. clinton said tehran's acceptance of the deal would indicate iran does not want to be isolated from the world community. thus far, 10 million people have been vaccinated against the swine flu. so the u.s. government is looking carefully for side effects. a panel of top medical experts promised to monitor the vaccine's safety and so far they
say there's nothing out of line. here's lisa stark. >> reporter: in a washington, d.c. conference room, experts from around the country gathered to scour for even the smallest clues that the h1n1 vaccine is causing dangerous reactions. dr. bruce gellen is the government's point man for the vaccine and says of the millions who have received the vaccine so far there have been 302 reported side effects. >> mostly sore arms, malaise, fever, things like that. >> reporter: nothing that would raise a red flag to say, oh-oh, this vaccine may not be safe? >> we're looking hard. we have many different systems in place. so far we haven't seen anything that worries us. >> reporter: the government's massive surveillance effort involves cross-checking lists of those who have received the vaccine with any later reports of health problems. data will come from health records from the department of defense, veteran affairs, the indian health service, medicare. and even from private health
care plans covering 20 million americans. doctors and the public can also report side effects to a government vaccine database which has now been ramped up to handle 1,000 reports a day. there is skepticism. nearly one-third of americans are not confident the vaccine is safe. fresh on the minds of some, the swine flu debacle of the 1970s when 500 of those vaccinated came down with a rare neurological disorder, and 25 died. it's still unclear what went so wrong. the government insists today's vaccines are much safer but wants to ensure no repeat. >> so we're going to continue to look. we don't expect to see much. but we're going to look and we're going to look every day. >> reporter: the message from government, so far, so good. lisa stark, abc news, washington. there is an e. coli outbreak traced to contaminated ground beef, mostly in the northeast. at least two people have died and dozens of others may have gotten sick after eating beef produced from fairbank farms. the new york company has recalled over 500,000 pounds of
fresh ground beef in stores from maine to north carolina. the beef was sent to stores in september so consumers are being urged to check their freezers for the possibly contaminated meat. a broken water pipe under a los angeles street unleashed a geyser three stories high on monday. inspectors traced the break to an eight-inch connector as part of a system that delivers recycled water to irrigation and industrial sites. regular water service was not interrupted. >> looks like old faithful. >> yeah, it does. now a look at your election day weather. showers from the dakotas to michigan. expect a mix of rain and snow in northern minnesota and wisconsin. rain and snow showers also for upstate new york and new england. scattered showers in central and south florida. >> 87 in miami today. 62 in baltimore. 55 in boston. 40s across the upper midwest. 55 in kansas city and omaha. phoenix climbs to 94. sacramento 76. 57 in boise. 54 in seattle.
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welcome back. apparently a lot of people have driven a ford lately. the automaker posted a nearly $1 billion profit for the third quarter. surprise, surprise. what's more, the company said it would be solidly profitable the year after next. ford executives admit the cash for clunkers program helped sales but the upbeat forecast came as a surprise to those who buy cars, sell them and make them. >> clearly, the move from break-even or better to solid profitability means that we'll be making money in all our vehicle operations. >> when you look at where ford was two or three years ago
versus where they are today, they have absolutely turned a corner. and the signs for them moving into next year i think are very positive. >> there are lingering questions about whether labor problems at ford will affect the bottom line. the auto workers union has turned down a new contract from ford which would have cut wages and benefits. now a look at the high-tech marketing of food in which food companies are reaching out to children, often without the knowledge of their parents. >> millions of dollars being spent to reach kids in ways that may make you wonder what they have to do with food in the first place. here's dan harris. >> come on, talk to me. >> reporter: in simpler times food companies could generally only reach your kids through television commercials. >> only at applejacks.com. >> reporter: now food marketers have slick internet gaming sites where kids and teenagers can interact with the brand mascots, create their own characters, and even make their own ads and send them on to their friends. food companies are also on
facebook and inside of popular video games. the makers of fanta developed technology that kids can download on their cell phones -- >> teens should have the right to play. >> reporter: which allows them to send audio messages to each other at frequencies adults can't hear. all of it, critics say, is expressly designed to circumvent parents like allison paul, a single mom whose son eli has struggled might ily with his weight. >> i'm extremely frustrated with the food companies in the ways that they're reaching my children in ways i'm not even in tune to. >> this is really flying under the radar screen of most parents. >> reporter: jeff chester and katherine montgomery have been researching what's called 360 advertising. they show us hotel 626. a haunted house designed by doritos. visitors are trapped inside of the hotel. the program even takes over your web cam and takes a picture of you. until recently one of the only ways to get out was to give the site your cell phone number.
>> so the company walks away with a pretty valuable piece of information. >> that's exactly right. >> reporter: doritos told us it no longer asks for cell phone numbers and insists hotel 626 is not aimed at kids under 18. but look what happens if a child enters age, say, 9. the site says no. but then all a child has to do is simply lie and he or she is in. dan jaffe, who lobbies for the advertising industry, says the government and the industry itself have set up well-functioning systems of regulation. if your kid was 11 and was a fan of doritos and happened to go to their website and the computer's going to be taken over and take a picture of you, do you think that's kosher? >> i'm not going to try and make that judgment. i'm -- but i -- i must say to you that we set up a system to deal with these types of issues. >> reporter: he also downplayed any link between advertising and the raging epidemic of childhood obesity in this country. >> we hear over and over again, it's the advertisers. let's stop the advertisers. if we only stop the advertising,
obesity rates would suddenly start to go down. i think there's no data to suggest that. >> reporter: however, a major study by the institute of medicine says in fact, food and beverage marketing to children represents at worst a direct threat to the health of the next generation. the food industry also argues it's up to parents to keep an eye on their children. but many parents say that's simply impossible these days. >> even parents that are trying their best, those efforts are being overwhelmed by the marketing and advertising campaigns. >> reporter: frito lay which owns the doritos brand told us it believes the age screening technology on its hotel 626 website is effective. but they added they're always looking for ways to enhance the security of their consumers. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> so much talk about cereal. the one cereal that's in the headlines right now, kellogg's cocoa krispies because a claim on the front of the box, now helps support your child's immunity. a lot of people saw that and
wondered, it's interesting that it's timed to coincide with the swine flu. >> exactly. like they are sort of subconsciously purporting this will help you fight that off. they say it's based on research and peer review. >> yeah. >> that's out there. >> interesting to think. >> yeah. when we return, something special aboard the country's newest warship the "uss new york" sails into the city with an important piece of history. [ kick ] stronger, healthier babies. it's what the march of dimes is all about. learn more about healthy babies at...
welcome back. it was a sort of homecoming in the big apple yesterday as the navy's newest ship the "uss new york" arrived. >> although it was the ship's maiden voyage, for part of it, it was the completion of a long roundtrip. david wright was on board. >> reporter: as this navy warship on its maiden voyage sailed past the statue of liberty, the crew manned the rails in their dress blues to honor the city that gave their ship so much more than its name. seven and a half tons of steel extracted from the rubble of the world trade center now form the bow of the "uss new york."
>> it literally leads us through the waters. that combination of strength and leadership we hold very dear. >> reporter: the fittings are pristine. the plaques, still waiting for names. one officer cracked, it still has that new ship smell. chief hakeem bristo, a native new yorker, sacrificed one of his hard-earned stripes just to get here. you took a pay cut? >> to come be on this ship. >> meant that much to you? >> meant that much. >> reporter: enlisted personnel eat at the skyline cafe, named after a restaurant on the 107th floor of tower two. on the ship's crest, the buildings and the bow and a phoenix rising from the ashes. >> the towers were torn down, right? but we still stand. >> reporter: a lot of these sailors and marines are too young to remember the old skyline of lower manhattan. they were school kids when the twin towers came down. for them 9/11 isn't so much the day everything changed, it's simply the world they grew up
in. new york city firefighter lee allipi was one of the first responders on 9/11. watching these young faces, he couldn't help but think of his son, a fireman who didn't make it home that day. >> that there had to be a day like that day, what better way for my son to go than doing what he loved to do most. >> reporter: among the thousands watching from shore, his daughter. >> it hurt. it's tough. but it's beautiful at the same time. >> reporter: as the "uss new york" passed ground zero -- the crew snapped to attention. their ship may be brand new. but already it has a lot to live up to. david wright, abc news, on board the "uss new york." >> an mobile home coming for so many people in new york, and really around the world. so interesting to hear that one crew member say, yeah, i'll take a pay cut, i'm willing to go work on this thing, it's that special to me. >> they're even saying he is one in a sea of people who are
saying right now, it's so important to be a part of this, i'd rather take that pay cut just to be a part of the crew on the ship. >> what an amazing ship. by the way, it's not the first ship in navy history to be named after the state of new york. six total ships have now. none as special as this, no six total ships have now. none as special as this, no doubt. cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. why should you call the scooter store today? because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. and that means the scooter store is your best shot at qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing. hi i'm doug harrison.
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a red carpet by the side of the m-1. as britain's first long-distance motorway turns 50 with a song. ♪ watford gap >> reporter: "watford gap: the musical" is definitely unusual. the cast, all ordinary people with memories to share. >> we've got people who remember standing on the bridge and waving down at the m-1 when it first opened. other people remember getting autographs. all those stories are encapsulated in this mini musical. ♪ >> reporter: it's a tongue in cheek look at a bygone age. ♪ they said it wasn't safe but it was thrilling ♪ >> there was no speed limit. there were hardly any lorries in those days. whereas now you can get stuck in dreadful traffic jams. >> the beginning of the new deal for drivers -- >> reporter: in 1959, motorway travel was a great unknown, even
for the minister of transport. ernest marpels opened the m-1 with words of warning. >> speeds which can easily reach so great the sensors may be numbed and judgment warped. >> reporter: the motorway's modern users can only dream of such a clear run. when the m-1 first opened it was just 53 miles long. a quarter of its final length. within a year each day it was carrying 20,000 vehicles. now, 160,000 motorists use it every day. there's nothing glamorous now about service stations. but once, watford gap was a pit stop for celebrities. >> more or less every weekend somebody would come through. they all signed my autograph book except one. barbara windsor, who said she didn't do autographs. >> reporter: so perhaps it makes perfect sense to celebrate the m-1's golden anniversary with music. mark worthington, bbc news, watford gap. >> they must really like that
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new criticism about afghanistan's multi-million dollar presidential election. and why it could mean more trouble for the u.s. then, political fight. the dramatic congressional race to be decided today that is suddenly getting so much national attention. and, supermarket savings. how ethnic grocery stores are luring mainstream shoppers. >> so that's a significant savings over the price you might see at a traditional grocery store. >> it's tuesday, november 3rd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we're conversing over our favorite ethnic products.
>> i love that asian hot sauce, good stuff. >> everybody loves it. >> we tried to get pete on board. he's not as big on it. we like it. >> it's good stuff. the stuff with the rooster on the front. >> rooster sauce. >> good morning. thanks for being with us, i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. with a second term as president now assured, afghan leader hamid karzai is speaking publicly for the first time about his re-election. >> the taliban claims the canceled vote proves their efforts to derail the election were successful. jim sciutto has more from kabul. >> reporter: jeremy and vinita, good morning. it was a serious press conference from hamid karzai as he begins his second term. he said the focus would be fighting corruption. of course many western leaders, many afghans have accused the karzai administration of rampant corruption. he also promised a government inclusive of all sides whether they supported him or opposed him. the election cost $300 million.
took tens of thousands of troops to secure. and left dozens dead. but ended without a final vote. >> hamid karzai -- >> reporter: we declare mr. karzai, said the head of the election commission, the elected president of afghanistan. we were with karzai's former challenger, abdullah abdullah, as news of the cancelation broke. >> no, i think the good for afghanistan would have been to have an election with a relative credible process in place. that would have been to the best interests of afghanistan. and i am sure this is not going to happen. >> reporter: many afghan and western officials had grown uneasy with saturday's runoff vote, wondering why risk taliban attacks against an election with only one candidate? still, the vote's cancelation represents an about-face for u.s. officials. which two weeks ago exerted very public pressure on karzai to accept a second round. >> no, i think it's critical to have a runoff. >> reporter: denied the runoff was necessary. >> i don't think there's any
reason to believe that the afghan people will think this government isn't as legitimate as it is. >> reporter: that reversal, said peter galbraith, who was fired from his u.n. post here for protesting the election fraud, spells trouble for the u.s. >> the real winner of this election is the taliban because this election has undermined afghan confidence in democracy. >> reporter: the taliban is as you mentioned claiming credit for derailing the election. they had threatened to attack polling stations again as they did during the first round, august 20th. mr. karzai in his press conference actually criticized his former rival, abdullah abdullah, saying it would have been better had he stayed in the race. jeremy and vinita? >> abc's jim sciutto joining us from kabul, thanks to you, jim. it is election today here in the u.s. today as well and some regional races are getting national attention. new jersey and virginia will
choose governors. maine votes on legalizing gay marriage. new york city holds a mayoral election. a congressional race in upstate new york is proving to be most unusual and most significant. john berman went to watertown, new york, to check it out. >> reporter: try to follow this. a republican drops out of the race, which might guarantee republicans keep the seat, which might be bad for the republican party long-term. >> all along i've been fighting for the soul of the republican party. >> reporter: thing is, douglas hoffman is not the republican party nominee. he's a third-party candidate who entered the race when new york republican leaders selected moderate dede scozzafava. who supports abortion rights and the president's stimulus plan to fill a seat won in 2008. >> tired of choosing between two liberals for congress? >> reporter: scozzafava came under withering attack from the likes of sarah palin and national conservative groups who flooded the district with money and volunteers. where are you from?
>> i'm actually from the denver, colorado area. >> reporter: this weekend, trailing in the polls, scozzafava, the hand-picked republican nominee, dropped out of the race. this was republican candidate scozzafava's campaign headquarters, now completely shut down. this after the republican party in its national campaign committees spent $1 million backing her in this race. stranger still, now that scozzafava endorsed the democrat bill owens, sparking i told you sos from the right. >> dede scozzafava is illustrating precisely what moderate republicans will do. >> reporter: the republican national committee is backing hoffman and polls show he may be able to ride the wave of conservative dissent to victory. >> we need those people. they're going to be a major part of who we are. they also have to tolerate other points of view. >> reporter: douglas hoffman says not all views are welcome. the tent can only be so big? >> isn't that true in life in general? there's always boundaries. >> reporter: the question for
republicans is, will those boundaries become a burden? john berman, abc news, watertown, new york. a new york meat producer is recalling ground beef after possible e. coli contamination. at least two people have died and dozens of others may have gotten sick after eating beef produced by fairbank farms. the company has recalled 546,000 pounds of fresh ground beef in stores from maine to north carolina. the meat could have been sold in various ways, including hamburger patties and meatball mix. domestic airlines are doubling surcharges for holiday travel. fees will go from $10 to $20 each way on a dozen peak travel days on all the major carriers. a spokesman for american says it's a matter of supply and demand. the airlines have to cut back on holiday flights to save money which means fewer seats and higher prices. there is reason to celebrate for one of detroit's big three. ford surprised many by announcing it made close to $1 billion in the third quarter. ford executives say the company would be solidly profitable in
2011. like many car companies ford got a boost from the cash for clunkers program. two ford models, escape and focus, were the only american cars in the top ten. >> well, certainly cash for clunkers did a lot of good things. it stimulated the economy. it was gad for the consumer. it got a lot of guzzlers off the road. so it helped. >> ford still faces a challenge, though, in labor costs. just yesterday the auto workers union rejected a contract offer that called for pay and benefit cuts. well, now here is a look at your national weather. a mix of rain and snow from minnesota to michigan. showers in iowa and the dakotas. rain and snow in upstate new york and new england. showers in the southern half of florida. continued flooding from missouri to louisiana. >> 75 in new orleans. 74 in dallas. 55 for k.c. 46 in chicago. 47 in the twin cities. it will get up to 57 in new york. 67 in atlanta. as for the west, salt lake city
gets up to 65. portland will be 58 today. they've entertained kids for decades but their value is anything but child's play. >> that is for sure. collectors from around the world descended on st. louis yesterday to get their hands on rare comic books dating back to the 1960s. listen to this. one man paid more than $100,000 for a first edition copy of "the x-men." >> the comics were found in a missouri basement by a man who inherited the home. the house sold for $65,000. the entire comic collection is worth up to $1 million. >> wow, what a find. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now."
sending some atomic fuel to russia for processing. clinton expects world leaders to oppose iran's request to renegotiate. the nuclear issue is just the latest in a long list of incidents impacting the relationship between the u.s. and iran. >> probably the most well-known began 30 years ago tomorrow when the u.s. embassy in tehran was taken over. from the abc news vault, we have coverage from november 4th, 1979. >> from abc in new york, this is "world news tonight." sunday, with sam donaldson. >> good evening. the u.s. embassy in tehran has been invaded and occupied by iranian students. the americans inside have been taken prisoner and according to a student spokesman will be held as hostages until the deposed shah is returned from the united states where he's receiving medical treatment for cancer. some reports say as many as 90 americans may be involved. others say as few as 35. a look at what has happened in
tehran as narrated by richard anderson. >> reporter: the american hostages were blindfolded, handcuffed and marched out on the u.s. embassy's front steps by revolutionary students. the iranians had fought u.s. marine gars for $hours for control of the embassy. the marines used tear gas but were eventually overrun at 5:00 a.m. new york time as revolution gear guards and local police stood by and watched.uards and y and watched. while the iranians burned an american flag in front of the embassy, they said the takeover had the express blessing of the ayatollah khomenei. in return for their american hostages' freedom, they're demanding the united states give up the deposed shah of iran from his hospital bed in new york to stand trial before a people's court. until that is done, the demonstrators refuse to make any promises about the fate of the american hostages. immediately after the takeover the crowd put up pictures of the ayatollah and a banner
identifying themselves as khomenei followers. iranian women wearing traditional black chadors could be seen inside the compound gate. outside, newsmen and women waited for any information. one fact is clear tonight, that for the second time in a year khomenei demonstrators in iran have overrun the american embassy and now appear in control of as many as 90 american lives. richard anderson, abc news. >> the action against the embassy may or may not have been ordered by iran's religious leader, the ayatollah khomenei. that is not clear. but it does appear to have his blessing. a spokesman in the holy city of qom says the move has the ayatollah's personal support. which adds to washington's difficulty in trying to resolve this dangerous situation. ted koppel, our diplomatic correspondent, is standing by at the state department with the latest on that. ted? >> the state department is doing what it can. but for the moment, at least, that doesn't appear to be much. there has been no direct contact with the u.s. embassy in tehran.
that building is under the total control of the demonstrators. during the takeover by coincidence, the senior american diplomat in iran, bruce langen, the charge de affair, was at the foreign ministry. he has remained there throughout the day, acting as washington's main link to the iranian government. the state department has set up a special task force in a small room next to the operations center. the force is headed by assistant secretary of state harold saunders. but secretary of state vance himself came in this morning, stayed until early afternoon, and twice briefed president carter who's up at camp david by phone. so far, official comments about the incident have been a model of restraint. an expression of concern for the safety of american personnel and property and a statement of appreciation that the iranian government has made some efforts to resolve the matter. sam? >> ted, the ayatollah's support for this action is ominous, is it not? >> it may or may not be ominous. the state department is making a
particular point to distinguish the ayatollah khomenei from the iranian government. that's why it's being so restrained in its direct references to the government. >> it seems to me this is another situation where a lot of people's first insteechlinct mie to use military force. but apparently washington is not going to do that? >> first of all it probably wouldn't work. secondly, in one word, oil. washington is tremendously concerned about iran's oil supplies and our need for them and concerned about the safety of those americans still at the embassy. >> thank you very much, ted. here in new york where the shah is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, iranian students chained themselves to the statue of liberty and unfurled banners demanding that the shah be returned to iran for punishment. the demonstrators were cult loose by police and taken into custody. >> an interesting look back at that hostage crisis that the world was watching. those americans were held 444 days. hard to believe they were released minutes after ronald
reagan took office. >> that drama went on more than a year. ted koppel's nightly updates about that on abc later evolves into "nightline," a show that's now been on for those 30 years too. >> interesting look back to say the least. when we come back, rihanna talks about chris brown. she's going public right here on abc. and she'll talk about what happened on that violent night. >> and likely punishment for ryan seacrest's alleged
she is going to be talking to rihanna. it's going to air this thursday and friday on "good morning america." friday night on "20/20" as well. basically she's going to give diane the low-down on what happened that february night with chris brown. a. apparently the details. she's going to give them all. she said chris brown was her first love indeed. she's also going to talk about how this all led to chris brown going to community labor, five years' probation, domestic violence counseling. she's also going to delve into her background. growing up in barbados, her family life, and how she's been coping over the course of the last nine months. here's a promo that shows the interview that comes up again thursday and friday on "good morning america" and friday night on "20/20" as well. >> she actually talks about the beating, then? >> she supposedly is going to detail it. we'll know firsthand from the horse's mouth what happened that night. >> interesting to hear what she says about their relationship right now.
that's what everyone's talking about. >> there's been a lot of back and forth in the months since then. we'll get the skinny from there. >> moving on, we're talking about ryan seacrest this morning. he has a stalker which i don't think is that abnormal. you'd think someone of his caliber might have a >> h dre in the sense that this is someone that's very well-trained. he's a sergeant in the u.s. army reserves and serves as a combat med according to the arrest affida he a -enmea he a he tried toe ryre c as cg ak that an itebad. before all of this he was already on probation. he pled guilty in septemb assault, battery, and carrying a switchblade knife. he basically attended an event and after the event attacked one of the radio and television host's bodyguards. it's a scary situation. right now they're saying he could be serving something like four years if convicted. right now he's on $150,000 bail, scheduled to be arraigned on tuesday.
>> interesting. i wonder if we could show that tmzgain this is really cree this is a couple of weeks old. it was him doing an acting audition a couple of weeks ago. and he came off really creepy. the guy who videotaped the audition gave the video to tmz and said, look at this guy. it's really bizarre when you watch it. you get the sense that there's something going to c now we know in fact there may ege. e know in fact there may >> the latest is that the arm is apologizing, having to say, he is one of ours, we never would have condoned something like this to happen >> right. >> it is a bestoo cf glad they nipped that in the bud. michael jackson. i guess i d'tgoa it's not just going to be in theaters for two weeks, it's going to be in past thanksgiving. if you missed it check it out. here's what i want to show you about michael jackson. so there is this gu somed over thours f v o
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of. you should just think ethnic. >> ethnic markets often sell the same foods as mainstream stores but for much less. viviana hurtado counts up the savings. >> reporter: you don't have to be a language expert to know these food labels are different. the products sold here are oftentimes the same as what you'll find in your traditional supermarket with a bonus. big savings on your grocery bill. ethnic markets are typically small, family run stores located in communities across the country. they cater to customers of different nationalities. these markets can offer lower prices in part because they negotiate better prices from distributors. savings also come from selling groceries that aren't brand names. >> sometimes you are paying for a certain name. and sometimes you can save money by paying for a different name. >> reporter: how do prices at a store like this stack up to those at traditional grocers'? we compared items found on many american kitchen tables. cafe bustelo is $3.69. at a mainstream supermarket,
it's $6.55. produce was a steal. onions are 49 cents compared with $1.49 a pound. lemons, you can get a bunch for a little more than what one costs at the brand name grocery store. the spice aisle racked up the biggest savings. >> most of these prices are under $2, a significant savings over the price you might see at a traditional grocery store. >> reporter: at the supermarket and don't have time to dash to an ethnic grocer? you might not have to go far for savings. sometimes you can save money by not leaving the store. this hot sauce in the regular aisle costs $3.09. if you walk over to the ethnic food aisle you can find a comparable hot sauce for 89 cents. >> in this economy everyone's looking for an opportunity to save money. >> reporter: what you subtract in grocery costs at an ethnic market or aisle, you'll add in flavor. viviana hurtado, abc news, washington. >> for so long i've been shopping at ethnic markets because my mom always wanted to get indian spices. and i think one of the best
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